In more than thirty years of ministry to ministers it is stunning how much of a pastors’ time, thoughts, and prayers are consumed with those who are the least motivated to follow.

While you are breaking yourself to provide compelling insight to inspire the unmotivated, they are breaking your will to lead.

They are standing in the way of the change you believe God wants. They are preventing the advance of God’s Kingdom in your city. And, once the pastor’s will has been broken, it’s “lights out” for that church. When that happens, it’s also “lights out” for those outside.

God assembled your congregation to be His redemptive provision for the community around you. So, when your church surrenders to the selfish demands of the least mature among you, the neighborhood and city you were meant to illuminate with the lived-and-proclaimed Gospel remains darkened.


–Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage more at

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